Katie

Portrait of Katie

Katie

"There's something amazing about holding something in your hand that might be thousands of years old"

Like Kemal, Katie has done a lot of work and study in the museum. She's now a curator at the British Museum in London.

I've always loved visiting museums. I started out at university studying Maths, but in the final year I decided to change subject and study History of Science.

For my coursework I studied one of the objects in the museum's collection - a small sundial shaped like a ship, called the navicula (you can see this in the Gallery Challenge activity - it's in the museum store). I enjoyed this so much that I stayed on to do a second degree (a Masters), specialising in astronomical instruments.

After that, it was time to earn a bit of money, and I went to work at the Science Museum [http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/], London. I came back to the Whipple a couple of years later, though, to study for a third degree (a PhD) about medieval astronomical instruments. This involved looking closely at the instruments, and also reading medieval manuscripts, mostly in Latin.

Now, after three years of hard work, I'm Dr Katie, and I'm working as a curator at the British Museum [http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/] in London. I love talking to people about history and objects: there's something amazing about holding something in your hand that might be thousands of years old, and thinking about the people that made it and used it.

The job of curator has changed in the last few years - for the better, I think. Now, we have to work much harder to help people access the collections that are on display or in the stores. No more curators in tweed jackets hiding in their offices!

Activity links: Katie was an expert on the navicula - the subject of her coursework - on the phone.

 
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